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Spring Family Resource & Wellness Fair to Offer Scholarship Resources to Brooklyn Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: March 11, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Spring Family Resource & Wellness Fair to Offer Scholarship Resources to  Brooklyn Communities On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), in partnership with Park Place Community Middle School, is having a Family Resource and Wellness Fair 12-4pm at Park Place Community Middle School, 62 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217.  The family fair is open to parents, guardians, and students who live or attend school in Brooklyn School Districts 13 or 15. The zip codes for Brooklyn School Districts 13 and 15 are 11201, 11205, 11215, 11216, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11221, 11231, 11232, 11233, and 11238. The event will give parents and guardians the opportunity to learn more about our AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program which provides local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year. There will be free activities for children, workshops for parents, prizes and giveaways, performances, and music. Families from Brooklyn School Districts 13 and 15 can register to attend the Family Resource & Wellness Fair by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-resource-wellness-fair-registration-98261985243. AALDC program partners will be at the fair and here’s what attendees can look forward to: Automatic Studios will teach students about their movie making program Brooklyn Ballet will perform live on stage and have a ballet coloring station Camp Pixel will have an escape room puzzle that students have to figure out the code for Mark Morris Dance Center will share information about their dance program Camp Yokey will do a VR activity and showcase games Upper 90 Brooklyn and Super Soccer Stars will have a soccer activation Brooklyn Fencing Center will do a live demo on stage Also, World Explorers Group doing a BeyBlade Tournament so be sure to bring your beyblades and enjoy the festivities. The Family Resource and Wellness Fair sponsors are CityMD and World Explorers Group. This year’s media sponsors include Schneps Media, Brooklyn Family, Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope Courier, and A Child Grows. For more information on the Family Fair, please visit atlanticave.org/familyfair or call (718) 875-8993. For more information on the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and to apply, visit atlanticave.org/scholarshipapply. ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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Brooklyn Non-Profit Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Help Fund Scholarship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2020   CONTACT: Shantal Marshall Communications & PR Assistant Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) (718) 875-8993 pr@atlanticave.org   Brooklyn Non-Profit Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Help Fund Scholarship Program Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) recently received a $3,000 grant at Investors Bank, 399 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. The grant from Investors Foundation will help provide summer and fall scholarships to local youth in Brooklyn Districts 13 and 15. Additionally, the grant will help further AALDC’s mission of furthering economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment by providing scholarships to children in the community. AALDC Executive Director Tammy Ben-Eliezer-Baxter commented, “The goal of the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program is to create opportunities for children and their families within our Brooklyn community. We have created long-lasting partnerships with several youth organizations and schools over the years and we look forward to continuing to grow the program.” The AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program was started in 2015 to provide opportunities for youth to attend enriching programs in five Brooklyn neighborhoods-Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. The program has grown from four partners to 18. The 2020 program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Boerum Hill, Automatic Studios, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Pixel Academy, Gotham Gymnastics, Read 718, Creative Arts Studio, Super Soccer Stars at Upper 90 Soccer Brooklyn, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse, Yokey Pokey, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Dodge YMCA, and Gotham Archery.  The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. Founded by local merchants and community activists, the AALDC is committed to Atlantic Avenue, one of the great streets of New York. It is home to people of various cultural backgrounds, vibrant and successful businesses, long standing institutions, and rich architectural character. This 1.5 mile stretch knits together the established neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. To learn more about AALDC, please visit atlanticave.org.   About Investors Bank Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan, and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. About the Investors Foundation Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors. For more information, please visit https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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Brooklyn Non-Profit Launches Sixth Year of Youth Community Scholarship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 10, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Brooklyn Non-Profit Launches Sixth Year of Youth Community Scholarship Program   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) launches its sixth year of their Youth Community Scholarship program which provides local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year. Children will attend programs located in five Brooklyn neighborhoods-Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. From its start in 2015, the program has grown from four partners to 18. There are a variety of enriching summer and fall programs for parents to choose from. The 2020 program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Boerum Hill, Automatic Studios, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Pixel Academy, Gotham Gymnastics, Read 718, Creative Arts Studio, Super Soccer Stars at Upper 90 Soccer Brooklyn, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse, Yokey Pokey, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Dodge YMCA, and Gotham Archery. Children have the opportunity to explore their talents and learn new skills. AALDC Executive Director Tammy Ben-Eliezer-Baxter commented, “The goal of the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program is to create opportunities for children and their families within our Brooklyn community.  We have created long-lasting partnerships with several youth organizations and schools over the years and we look forward to continuing to grow the program.” The AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program application is only available online and to complete the form, please visit https://atlanticave.org/scholarshipapply/ AALDC provides funding for children who live or attend school in Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15. These local youth have the opportunity to attend a variety of enriching programs. The Youth Community Scholarship Program’s focus is to provide local youth the chance to experience programs that will allow them to learn, create, and flourish. For more information on how you can donate to support the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program, please view the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program Commercial, visit our website http://www.atlanticave.org, contact scholarships@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993.   ###   Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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From Scholarship Recipient to Being Cast in Brooklyn Nutcracker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 16, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   From Scholarship Recipient to Being Cast in Brooklyn Nutcracker Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) has completed its fifth year of their Youth Community Scholarship Program which provides local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year. AALDC granted scholarships to more than 70 local children to attend programs located in five Brooklyn neighborhoods- Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. Families who have limited financial resources received priority scholarships. There were a variety of enriching summer and fall program for parents to choose from. The 2019 program partners were Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Boerum Hill, Automatic Studios, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Pixel Academy, Read 718, Creative Arts Studio, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Dodge YMCA, World Martial Arts Center, and Gotham Archery.The children were able to get hands on experience in new programs. Delilah Garrison, scholarship recipient for Brooklyn Ballet attended the program during the fall and based on her dancing skills, she was cast in the Brooklyn Nutcracker. Her mother Brook Garrison was grateful to the scholarship program for giving her daughter a special opportunity. “We were so excited to receive the scholarship to Brooklyn Ballet. Every year it is a struggle to decide what enrichment activities I can afford for my daughter” Garrison said. “Most of my budget has to go to aftercare at Delilah’s school and there is hardly any money left over for enrichment programs. Finding out about the scholarship every year is a big relief for me financially and for Delilah knowing she won’t be stuck in aftercare everyday of the week.” AALDC provides funding for children who live or attend school in Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15. These local youth have the opportunity to attend a variety of enriching programs. The Youth Community Scholarship Program’s focus is to provide local youth the chance to experience programs that will allow them to learn, create, and flourish. For more information on how you can donate to support the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program, please view the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program Commercial, visit our website http://www.atlanticave.org, contact scholarships@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993. ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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Holiday Events on Atlantic Avenue Bring Cheer and Special Deals to All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Date: December 11, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant  Email: pr@atlanticave.org  Holiday Events on Atlantic Avenue Bring Cheer and Special Deals to All Brooklyn, New York– December 11, 2019 -Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) celebrated with various events and programming in December. Visitors to the avenue enjoyed shopping and dining between 4th Avenue to Hicks Street with special deals and offers from local businesses during the ‘Walk the Windows’ Event. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, patrons were able to spend the day walking along Atlantic Avenue enjoying free holiday-themed events from merchants and lively indoor performances from Crunch and singers. Free events included Wine Tasting from Grape Hill Liquors at 501A Atlantic Avenue, Live Music and Holiday Treats from ARCO New York Hair Salon at 385 Atlantic Avenue and Free School Tour from CHALK Preschool of Cobble Hill at 112 Atlantic Avenue. Santa happily walked down the avenue to greet and take photos with excited children and adults.  This year’s Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition was held on Tuesday, December 3rd. The judges walked along Atlantic Avenue to view holiday decorated windows and choose the winners. This year’s judges were notable artists Karen Gibbons, Deborah Kass, Chris Piazza, Diana Jensen, and Patricia Cronin. This year’s awards went to First Place, Optimum Health Physical Therapy located at 477 Atlantic Avenue, Second Place, Out of the Closet located at 475 Atlantic Avenue and Third Place, Collier West located at 377A Atlantic Avenue. The Honorable Mentions were Sahadi’s, 187 Atlantic Avenue for “If You Weren’t Here We Would All Cry/Traditional,” Barber’s Philosophy, 74 Nevins Street for “Best Groomed,” Someday Bar, 364 Atlantic Avenue for “Best Humor (Drunk Santa),” and The Sterling School, 134 Atlantic Avenue for “Most Adorable.” Atlantic Avenue’s 2019 Window Winners were announced during the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party on December 5th. Children, families, and community leaders gathered at St. Cyril Belarusian Church from 6-8pm for a night filled with performances from local public schools: P.S.38 The Pacific School, P.S. 8 The Robert Fulton School, P.S. 261 Phillip Livingston, International Charter School of New York (ICS), Public School 133 and Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Also, there were sponsor giveaways, prizes and a visit from Santa Claus. Refreshments and small bites, all donated from local Atlantic Avenue businesses, were served to the guests as they enjoyed a dance party from DJ Tyler B from Infinity Music Entertainment. AALDC celebrates its Annual Holiday Toy Drive with supporting local homeless shelters Providence House and Arbor Inn. AALDC also partnered with Councilman Stephen Levin for his Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toy Donations will be given to children living in the Gowanus, Wyckoff and Warren House. The deals are still happening on Atlantic Avenue. AALDC invites everyone to take advantage of the special offers provided by participating businesses along Atlantic Avenue for the Shop & Dine Promotion. Walk down the avenue and complete your Christmas list for your family and friends until December 15th. A big thank you to our holiday sponsors and media partners: Mount Sinai Doctors- Brooklyn Heights & Urgent Care, Crunch, Out of the Closet, Con Edison, Miss Jessie’s, CityMD, HomeLight, Schneps Media, Park Slope Courier, Caribbean Life, Brooklyn Paper, NY Daily News, DeSales Media Group. For a full updated list of sponsors, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org/holidaysponsors For more information about AALDC’s holiday events, please visit www.atlanticave.org/holidays ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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Visit Atlantic Avenue for Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Free Events, Treats, and Santa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Date: December 4, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant  Email: pr@atlanticave.org    Visit Atlantic Avenue for Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Free Events, Treats, and Santa   Brooklyn, NY– Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host their annual holiday events this week! Every year, AALDC welcomes the community to come out and enjoy the festivities. On Thursday, December 5th from 6-8pm, the community is invited to attend the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party. The event is free to the public and will take place at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, located at 401 Atlantic Avenue. The Tree Lighting Party will be kicked off with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony officiated by New York Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Council Member Stephen T. Levin at 6pm sharp. All in attendance can get into the holiday spirit and enjoy live performances from local public schools, including P.S. 38, P.S. 133, International Charter School of New York, P.S. 8, P.S. 261 and Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Since Christmas is a couple of weeks away, Santa Claus will make an appearance and greet the community. Attendees will dance to the latest tunes provided by DJ Tyler B of Infinity Music Entertainment. This event is open to the public for all to enjoy. Following the live musical performances, attendees will be able to enjoy refreshments and complimentary food donated by some of our local Atlantic Avenue Merchants such as Brado Thin Crust Pizza, Sahadi’s, Trader Joe’s,The Soul Spot Restaurant, Hollow Nickel and Moon Cafe. The holiday fun on Atlantic Avenue continues as the AALDC invites everyone to enjoy the avenue as there will be special deals and promotions from local businesses as part of the Shop & Dine Promotion. Starting December 1st-15th, Atlantic Avenue merchants will offer 10% off selected items and/or other special deals within their businesses for any gift ideas for family and friends. For a full list of discounts, please visit  http://atlanticave.org/shopanddine As the festive windows decorate the avenue, patrons will be able to enjoy AALDC’s ‘Walk the Windows’ event on Saturday, December 7th. Participating Atlantic Avenue businesses will host in-store holiday themed events & offers from 11am-7pm. They will have red balloons within their storefront to indicate they’re a part of the event. From 11:30am-3:30pm, AALDC will have a DJ Frank Posa of Powerhouse Entertainment, live performances, $1 sweet treats, and Santa at the Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Avenue. For a full updated list of events & offers within the ‘Walk the Windows’ event, please visit www.atlanticave.org/walkthewindows A warm thank you to our holiday sponsors and media partners: Mount Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights & Urgent Care, Miss Jessie’s, Schneps Media, Park Slope Courier, Brooklyn Paper, AM New York, The Villager, Caribbean Life, DeSales Media Group, The Tablet, Nuestra Voz, and NY Daily News. For the list of sponsors, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org/holidaysponsors To learn more about the Shop & Dine Promotion, please visit www.atlanticave.org/shopanddine. For more information about the Walk the Windows Event, please visit www.atlanticave.org/walkthewindows. Stay updated on all the latest Atlantic Avenue Holiday Events by visiting www/atlanticave.org and the Atlantic Avenue Holiday Blog http://atlanticave.org/category/atlantic-avenue-blog/ ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email...

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